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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 08-28-2006, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Used Kawasaki. Looking for some advice

I'm getting ready to get a used 98 ZX9 with 8400 on it. Before I seal the deal what are some things I should look for that may end up costing me money on down the road. I'm getting this bike off ebay so I can't tell you how it sounds or how it shifts etc, etc. The guy I'm getting it from is going to deliver it to my house so that will be the first and only time I will be able to pick it apart. So far the bike looks mint. Thanks for any input.
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You are going to pay for the bike sight/sound unseen/unheard...will the guy let you return it if it has problems not mentioned in the auction??

Also...use an escrow service like paypal...do not purchase "off" e-bay by check or money order...
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You are going to pay for the bike sight/sound unseen/unheard...will the guy let you return it if it has problems not mentioned in the auction??

Also...use an escrow service like paypal...do not purchase "off" e-bay by check or money order...
This is risky. But you can make out pretty well if you do your research. Has anything about this deal made you skeptical? Is the seller able to answer all your questions in detail?

I would take Bee's advice and make sure the seller will let you back out if you find something askew when he gets to your house.

I would also suggest meeting at a neutral site. You never know what might happen. You may not want this guy to know where you live.



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I would also suggest meeting at a neutral site. You never know what might happen. You may not want this guy to know where you live.
The local DMV is a good neutral, logical spot. Easy work for the title transfer if things work out for you too.
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The local DMV is a good neutral, logical spot. Easy work for the title transfer if things work out for you too.
Good call. You have been rewarded with reps.



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The local DMV is a good neutral, logical spot. Easy work for the title transfer if things work out for you too.
good call...I went to Slidell with birdman when he sold his bike to the guy from Houston...I told him I didn't want to get the call that some bully had knocked him down and taken his candy away...

I scared him when he let the guy take it for a ride...I told him the guy's wife was leaving the parking lot with the car once he was on the bike!!!

Also...make sure you get a bill of sale with the VIN #'s on it and... ... get a photocopy of the seller's driver's license...just in case...

besides...he could deliver it in the afternoon...and come back and steal it that night...
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All very good points.



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All very good points.
So...where's my rep points...
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So...where's my rep points...
Already gave them to you.



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Great tips guys
I have asked a few questions and they have been answered with no problem. The way the deal is going to go down is he is going to deliver it to my house, I have to pay nothing up front so I can take it for a spin and kick the tires at this point I can back out nothing lost.

I have ran the vin# thru NADA and nothing came back. I will take a picture of his ID, vin # and cover my a$$ as much as I can.

Thanks Guys I'll let you all know how it turns out.
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Again bro...I would meet him up the street or something. The DMV perhaps, like Bee said, or a couple blocks up the road at the school...whatever, just not at your house.



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So...where's my rep points...
I gotta spread 'em around.. I hit you in the last 24 hours already...
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OK marco138 will do, yet another good tip.
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I'm getting ready to get a used 98 ZX9 with 8400 on it...The guy I'm getting it from is going to deliver it to my house so that will be the first and only time I will be able to pick it apart...
The 98 ZX9 was a big improvement over the 97. It's a terrific bike. If the guy rides the bike to your house, that's a good sign. If it's on a trailer, look it over with a friend.
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i dont know any real inherent probs with that bike. Just look for the usual blown fork seals, loose steering stem, tar for oil. Will tell you alot.

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There is nothing wrong with that bike by year/make/model. Now just make sure its mechanically sound. And of coarse, everything else that was said!




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I can't thank you guys enough, I don't want to make a big mistake here with this bike so you thoughts really help put my miind at rest. For the past 2 nights I have not be able to sleep because I'm so JAZZED about this bike.

I hope to he!! he doesn't ride it to my house that's an extra 275 miles that I did not bargin for. He says it has 8400 on it and that's what I expect. How hard is it to post pics here I would like to share my new toy with you all.

Thanks
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If he doesn't ride it to your house... you need to ride it or somebody else that has bike expierence. To make sure its in in good running order.

Make sure it gets to temp, about 180-210, and that the cooling fan kicks on at about 216-220 and is able to cool down the bike. Just let the bike sit there at idle after a ride and see if it is able to sit and run. Plus it will tell you if there are any leaks and such.




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